WARREN, NJ – A 14-year old boy died and a 17-year old boy has been charged with vehicular homicide after a chase in a car stolen from Warren Township Friday, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane and Bernards Township Chief of Police Michael Shimsky announced on Monday.
The ongoing investigation revealed that the vehicle the boys were traveling in was stolen out of Warren Township, the release said. Over the past few months, Warren Township Police has received an increased report of motor vehicle burglaries and car thefts in Warren Township and the surrounding area.
Residents are urged to properly secure their motor vehicles and are encouraged to remove key fobs from vehicles when not in use, police said.
Robertson provided the following account:
At approximately 1 a.m. Friday, the Warren Township Police Department responded to the area of Ashwood Court on the report of suspicious persons.
During the subsequent investigation, a vehicle was located and observed leaving the area of Skyline Drive.
When Warren Township Police attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle failed to stop and took off at a high rate of speed.
While on Martinsville Road in Bernards Township, the vehicle left the roadway, overturned and rolled, striking a utility pole. One occupant of the vehicle was ejected and subsequently transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
He has been identified as Alexis Pabon, age 14 of Newark. The second vehicle occupant, a 17-year old juvenile from Newark, fled the accident scene on foot and was captured a short distance away by patrol officers. He was also transported to an area hospital with injuries sustained from the motor vehicle crash and listed in stable condition.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collison Analysis and Reconstruction Team, also known as C.A.R.T., responded to the scene toconduct the investigation with the Warren Township Police Department and the Bernards Township Police Department.
The cause and manner of death of Pabon is pending an autopsy that will be performed by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner Office in Newark.
Charges have been filed against the 17-year old juvenile for 2nd degree Death by Auto, 2nd degree Eluding, 2nddegree Knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, 3rd degree Motor Vehicle Theft and 3rd degree Unlawful Taking a Means of Conveyance.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, Chief Keane, and Chief Shimsky request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Warren Township Police Department at (908) 753-1000, the Bernards Township Police Department at (908) 766-1122 or via the STOPit app.
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